Hempseed Oil - The Non-Oily Oil

Some people are more familiar with the Latin (and INCI) name for Hemp – Cannabis Sativa – the seeds of which produce a wonderfully light oil with an appealing deep green color.

Today we're going to take a closer look at this oil and see what it has to offer as a skincare ingredient.

Hempseed Oil is Dry

Hempseed is among the driest of carrier oils, absorbing into the skin so quickly that it is close to impossible to feel greasy after applying it. 

Because it melts into the skin so immediately, it functions as an efficient transporter of active ingredients while offering a moisture retaining effect, but it doesn't stop there.

Contains Omega 3 and 6

Hempseed oil is a good source of essential fatty acids and contains up to 3% GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid), which – among other things – helps stimulate skin and hair growth, rebalance oily skin, and diminish pore size. 

This nourishing oil also has a natural content of zinc and other minerals.

Hair and Nail Care

Hempseed oil is said to help revive damaged hair, bringing back sheen and gloss. It is also heralded as an excellent ingredient for nail care. 

Admittedly, these are claims that I have not yet tested, but I do have a hemp hair conditioner on my to-do list.

And it's Edible

I have used hempseed oil in the kitchen, and it has a wonderfully nutty taste that makes it great addition to salad dressing or dipping oil. 

Should you want to work with this oil in a culinary setting, please note that it is not suitable for heating.

It is however, stable enough to tolerate heating if the seeds have been heat-treated before processing (link below).

LisaLise products with Hempseed Oil

I've added hempseed oil to both creams and lotions, and am most pleased with it in custom oil blends. 

It is a great addition to a mix for problem skin, oily skin, or skin with large pores.

Hempseed oil is happily available in a 100% organic variety – my preferred kind of ingredient!

More About This Oil

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_sativa
Wikipedis: hempseed oil: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_oil
Science Direct: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030881460100245X
Topical Uses for Cannabis Sativa (planetherbs.com)